“This nomination is a direct reflection of the stellar leadership of General Manger John Bolton and the phenomenal staff he has assembled,” said Tulsa Metro Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal. “We are fortunate to have such a wonderful venue housed in downtown Tulsa that is nationally ranked and able to attract world-class entertainment for our enjoyment. The BOK Center continues to be a huge asset to our city and especially downtown.”
In order to be considered for this award, the venue must have brought or promoted at least five country concerts during the prior calendar year of January 1 to December 31, 2010, and be in good standing with all agents.
The BOK Center hosted these country concerts last year:
• George Strait with Reba
• Tim McGraw
• Hank Williams Jr.
• Brooks & Dunn
• Carrie Underwood
• Brad Paisley
Venue of the Year is an off-camera award presented at the annual “ACM Honors” event held in Nashville. The award is considered a part of the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards and will be voted on by the professional membership of the Academy.
The BOK Center will be competing for the award against the following venues:
• First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Chicago, IL
• Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion - Gilford, NH
• Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN
• Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO
Drillers new manager visits ONEOK Field
"I am tremendously excited to be in Tulsa, especially after touring the facility and seeing what is going on here as a baseball town," Espy said. "I am eager to start playing baseball here."
Espy, 58, will be in his first season as a manager since the 2000 campaign. He has spent most of the past 10 years as a hitting coach, including parts of seven seasons in the major leagues with the Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres.
The last three years, he has been the hitting coach for the Rockies Class A affiliate in Modesto, Calif.
But serving as manager is not a new role for Espy. He has 12 years experience as a manager in the minor leagues, winning more than 850 career games.
In his return to the top spot, Tulsa fans can expect an exciting brand of baseball.
Espy and the Drillers will begin preparations for the 2011 season with the start of spring training workouts in late February.
To learn more about Epsy and his visit to ONEOK Field click here.
Deadline extended for Small Business Award nominations
• Small Business Person
• Entrepreneurial Success
• Small Business Exporter
• Young Entrepreneur
• Family Owned Business
• Financial Services Champion
• Home-Based Business Champion
• Minority Small Business Champion
• Veteran Small Business Champion
• Women in Business Champion
Nominees must be Chamber members and in business a minimum of three years. Awards will be presented at the Chamber’s annual awards luncheon Tuesday, May 17. For a complete list of categories and instructions, click here to visit the Chamber website.
Chamber seeking volunteers for Oklahoma Scholars program
“Students who enroll in the courses defined in the Oklahoma Scholars program are better prepared for college and careers upon graduation,” said Susan Harris, the Chamber’s senior vice president of education and workforce. “We are pleased to form this new partnership with Union to ensure their students are able to benefit from this valuable program.”
Oklahoma Scholars enlists area business leaders to volunteer as classroom presenters. With the addition of Union Public Schools, the Chamber is seeking new volunteers. For more information about Oklahoma Scholars or to become a presenter in Tulsa or Union Public Schools, contact Heather Johnson at 918.560.0218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
President Obama addresses U.S. Chamber on jobs, innovation
Since his term began in 2009, President Obama and the U.S. Chamber have differed publicly on issues such as health care reform and financial regulations. The U.S. Chamber contends the focus of the administration should be on economic recovery through job creation and innovation and placed a “JOBS” banner across the front of its headquarters facing the White House.
The Tulsa Metro Chamber hosts 75 regional leaders during its annual Washington, D.C. Fly In this week and includes a briefing by the U.S. Chamber on the issues of federation relations, congressional and public affairs, labor and immigration, and energy.
President Obama’s speech titled, "If Business and Government Fulfill Their Responsibilities, America Will Win the Future," focused on innovation, education and infrastructure. Watch the full speech at www.USChamber.com.
What we’re working on:Executive
• Attending Gov. Mary Fallin’s State of the State Address to the Oklahoma State Legislature.
• Meeting with Northeast Oklahoma regional legislators regarding One Voice priorities.
• Meeting with internal department heads.
• Participating in Chamber Washington D.C. Congressional Fly-In.
• Meeting privately with all members of Oklahoma Congressional delegation.
• Making numerous Tulsa’s Future II CEO calls.
• Hosting One Voice regional press conference.
• Conducting new Board of Directors orientation session.
• Participate in Leadership Oklahoma Excellence in Leadership Gala & Awards.
• Completing monthly retention emails and membership drop letters.
• Planning ACCE sales conference details.
• Making Board of Advisors meetings schedule and writing letters.
• New CEO reception with the Board of Directors.
• Recruiting volunteers for Resource Campaign.
• Finalizing sponsorships for Resource Campaign.
• Participating in annual Washington D.C. Fly-In.
• Monitoring the start of the Legislative session.
• Meeting with the new director of sales at Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center.
• Finalizing marketing plan for Destination Showcase.
• SMG sales meeting.
• Writing letters for the Bring It Home campaign to university deans.
• Researching large Native American conventions.
• Continuing preparations for 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 2nd and 3rd round games.
• Processing Housing Bureau requests for the Appaloosa Horse Club Nationals show.
Tulsa’s Young Professionals
• Final interviews for program coordinator position.
• Planning for Street Cred project/event in April.
• Working on an EDA loan for The Forge.
Education and Workforce
• Oklahoma Scholars presentations for Union and TPS.
• Recruiting CACR volunteers.
• Beginning preparations for Oklahoma Scholars dinner.
• Beginning preparations for Partners In Education Recognition Reception.
• Coordinating next Healthcare Roundtable meeting with Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center.
• Meeting with Tulsa Engineering Alliance coordinator to discuss program and collaboration.
• Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable meeting – Building a Culture.
• Tulsa Area Employer Council meeting.
• Higher Ed Forum meeting.
• Final interviews for Workforce Tulsa executive director opening.
• Coordinating next Adult Enrollment Blitz for Feb. 23.
• Meeting with a new company regarding expanding operations.
• Attending the Oklahoma Academy of Legislators welcome event.
• Submitting RFPs on two manufacturing projects.
• Video Conference with Council of Smaller Enterprises in Cleveland regarding rebranding of Small Business Council.
• Touring industrial properties.
• Meeting with a local business person to discuss potential investment in downtown retail opportunity.
• Attending a Brady Business Association meeting.
• Small Business Council meeting to develop plans for the Chamber’s small business programs.
• Methodology for statewide and metro-area economic index.
Hospitality Club Volunteers of the MonthHospitality Club Volunteers of the Month
Gloria Kelley Gonzales, Body Shapers International
Marvin Krueger, Melaleuca, Inc.
Jim Boese, Boese Group – Allstate Agency
Kirk Davidson, Davidson Maintenance Service
Orlando Dumalag, callOrlando.com LLC
Christina Edwards, Paychex, Inc.
Ami Frazier, EasyTEL Communications, Inc.
Vicki Hidde, Resume Source, Inc.
Veronica Leichnitz, Body Shapers by Ardyss
Joey Minick, NotionBox Creative, LLC
Carl Novara, Farmers Insurance*Novara Insurance Agency
Jill Pratt, Mainspring, LLC
Travis Ring, Eastern Oklahoma Chiropractic, PLLC
Chamber welcomes new businessesEach month the Tulsa Metro Chamber's Hospitality Club welcomes new businesses and new Chamber members to the community by assisting with ribbon cuttings and groundbreaking announcements.
Bill Bartmann, CEO-President
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Tulsa, OK 74137
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